The hysteria of the right

A conservative activist I follow on Twitter named Bethany Mandell announced this week that she’s releasing a book in which she and her co-author “dig into the many fronts on the woke war on our children.” In a series of Tweets, she declared that the left is “taking...
Race and redemption in the modern GOP

Race and redemption in the modern GOP

Last week, a Republican staffer to state House Speaker Tim Moore resigned after WRAL reported that he had been involved in White supremacist organizations. Several years ago, Carlton Huffman was part of the Council for Conservative Citizens and took part in a radio...

Fox Fears

Fox Fears

Yesterday, I saw on Twitter that the 4th quarter GDP report had come out, but I didn’t see what it said. I opened a Google tab and typed in "GDP report" in the news section. Immediately, headlines popped up.  New York Times: “US Economy Records Solid...

The dawn of Bidenism

The dawn of Bidenism

Friday marked the half-way point in Joe Biden’s first, and possibly only, term as president. It’s been a remarkable two years. His election marked the end of the short-lived Trump era, though that was not obvious as Biden took the oath of office.  The dangerous...

In spite of Republicans, not because of them

In spite of Republicans, not because of them

When the legislature opened a couple of weeks ago, Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger delivered a speech touting the success of Republicans over the past 12 of power. He took credit for the economic growth in North Carolina and bragged that the GOP had changed the...

False prophets and ravening wolves

False prophets and ravening wolves

Earlier this week, the Republican Women’s Club of South Central Kentucky hosted a fundraiser that featured Jonathan Mattingly, one of the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, as a speaker. Taylor, an African American woman, was killed when three white policemen...

Stein kicks off the 2024 cycle

Stein kicks off the 2024 cycle

Well, my 2023 predictions are off to a good start. Kevin McCarthy became speaker of the House after a very ugly battle. Now, North Carolina Attorney Josh Stein has announced his candidacy for governor, though a bit earlier than I anticipated.  Stein’s...

The public is over the outrage and over Trump

The public is over the outrage and over Trump

Washington is all atwitter over the classified documents found at Joe Biden’s private office and Delaware home. Republicans are giddy, comparing Biden’s situation with Trump’s. They’re hoping to muddy the water despite the obvious differences. Trump ignored a subpoena...

Thoughts on guns, transportation, and extremism

Thoughts on guns, transportation, and extremism

As the legislature kicks into action, I don’t have any deep thoughts about a specific topic. Instead, I’ve got a lot of little thoughts about several things happening around the state and nation.  Last week, a six-year-old boy brought a gun to school and shot his...

Patrick McWho?

Patrick McWho?

We’re heading into day four of the vote for Speaker of the House. As of this writing, Kevin McCarthy has lost eleven times. This morning, though, the media says there’s a framework of a deal. We’ll see, but if it happens, North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry...

Burning down the house

Burning down the house

“Hold tight. Wait 'til the party's over. Hold tight. We're in for nasty weather. There has got to be a way. Burning down the house." David Byrne, describing yesterday’s Speaker votes. I had more fun watching Republicans prove their incompetence yesterday. Kevin...

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